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The Folly

No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
+44 1865 201293
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Folly
1. Wonderful Riverside Location
"You can dine outside on a patio right by the river"
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2. Exquisite & Relaxed Dining
"The food was the best I have eaten Oxford in about 20 years"
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3. Warm and Friendly Service
"staff were so friendly and welcoming and couldn't do enough for you"
Karen W
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Had afternoon tea at The Folly bought for us by my Son & Daughter inlaw ,so booked The 50 min River Cruise separately also from the Folly,it was lovely, did cruise 1st our driver was very informative & interesting,very relaxing & well timed cruise, not...More

Thank marie d
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

We went to the folly for my husbands birthday and wow what a treat!! The staff were amazing nothing was too much trouble and they really went the extra mile! Would recommend the sharing beef and the fresh breads so tasty! Thanks for such a...More

Thank Emily B
Reviewed 3 days ago

The location is wonderful (particular in summer when you can sit outside), with a fantastic view on the water. Good food, I particularly recommend the afternoon tea options. Great for entertaining foreign visitors, and give them a very English experience.

Thank f123k456
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

On recommendation of our hotel we escaped the summer heat at this gem, literally on the Thames. Our meals were a beautifully done fish and chips, and Moroccan chicken salad. Would recommend this place unconditionally.

Thank jcgd2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here for lunch to celebrate my birthday, thank you to the girls who treated me. This little gem is worth a visit for anyone in Oxford. We were seated outside overlooking the river Thames, which was simply beautiful. The food was delicious. I...More

Thank Lisa-C0626
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our youngest son and daughter in law bought me the voucher for a trip on the boat as a birthday present. My husband and I decided to go and visit Oxford to celebrate our 46th Wedding Anniversary. We had lunch at The Folly before our...More

Thank Elaine B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service. Sam, the boatman on the cruise was really friendly and very accommodating. We were a group of friends including my 5 year old daughter and we all had the most enjoyable time. We have been in many boat cruises in many countries and...More

Thank Lei257
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The highlight of the trip was Mark in the photo saving not only one but two birds caught in fishing line. That was over and above the call of duty and made us proud to be British. Fantastic day cream tea was great. A lovely...More

Thank dogrosie777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was good and the service was excellent. The food was a bit pricey for the quality and quantity. Would go return.

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here, it was a present for my birthday, even if we mentioned that the staff they didn’t really care. I have to say that the food was tasty, I had the lamb shank, ( for my opinion too sweet), I just can’t...More

Thank Angjelo P
NC_Folly, Owner at The Folly, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

In the words of Joni Mitchell (Big Yellow Taxi); "Hey farmer farmer Put away the DDT I don't care about spots on my apples Leave me the birds and the bees Please!"

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Craig E
14 May 2018|
Response from NC_Folly | Property representative |
Hi Craig Thanks for your message. We’d be very happy to organise a laid back corporate event. Could you contact my colleague Thia (thia at the-Folly co uk) who will be able to assist. Best Giles
Steph L
14 March 2018|
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Response from Cibau | Reviewed this property |
No theyvhavent
Sara T
3 February 2018|
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Response from Dazdlg | Reviewed this property |
I’ve seen a big party in there when we was there
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$52
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 201293
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The Folly restaurant occupies a unique riverside position in the heart of Oxford. Our restaurant provides simply served, excellently cooked dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant's terrace floats on the waters of the River Thames as she runs gently under Folly Bridge. Inside we give a warm welcome throughout the year and offer relaxed drinks and dining from Sunday lunch to Saturday cocktails and everything in between.
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